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Wisdom of China

In my travels I have put in a lot of time studying about China and everything Chinese. I now have the tendency of beginning statements of intentional wisdom with “The Chinese say . . .” or “The ancient Chinese believed . . . “

This is a bad habit, and one that was just imperviously pointed out to me by my sister – the Diamond Cutter of Wisdom.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Upstate New York, USA, September 21. 2008
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I was drinking a beer and my family was in a discussion about the perceived harm and benefits of alcohol consumption. I had spent two semesters of my university education studying Chinese medicine and I was throwing out an entire wall of “The Chinese say this and that” at my poor family.

Finally, my sister Nicky put an end to this barrage by stating simply:

“If the Chinese are so damn smart then why are they so short and living in their own smog?”

The well traveled Chinese scholar found himself tongue tied.

The Chinese say that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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  • Worst Public Transport in the World

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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